The 10 Best Personal Development Books for 2020

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1. “Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot be Understood) by Thomas Erikson

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. The four different types of human behavior
  2. How to navigate these different personality types
  3. How to deliver bad news to people

Thomas Erikson describes how people function and why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people. This international bestseller offers simple, but robust methods for assessing the personalities of the people we communicate with and unearths methods to communicate effectively.

Get it here Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood)

2. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counter-intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. How having too many things can be troublesome
  2. Why you should only focus on the things you can control
  3. Why you shouldn’t worry about leaving a legacy

Mark Manson gets straight to the point by showing us that “positive” thinking should be changed to realistic thinking. Manson makes arguments backed by researched that improving our lives is less about turning lemons into lemonade and more about learning to stomach lemons better.

Get it here The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

3. “The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness” by Prof Steve Peters

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. The two forces which are competing in your brain
  2. The four modes in which we communicate
  3. How to get along with people who are different from you

Professor Steve Peters explains the struggles that take place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can manage yourself and become the person you would like to be. The model used in this book is based on accurate and reliable scientific facts which have been distilled into a simple, workable model which is easy to use. By undertaking the exercises in the book, you should see immediate improvements in your daily living, and overtime should develop the skills and habits to live the life you want.

Get it here The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

4. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. How to handle people properly
  2. How to make others like you
  3. How to win people to your way of thinking

This classic book has influenced millions of people around the world to improve their lives using Dale Carnegie’s teachings. This book offers practical advice and techniques to get out of mental ruts and make life more rewarding. Timeless advice surrounding, how to make friends quickly, increase your popularity and become a better speaker will help turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.

Get it here How to Win Friends and Influence People

5. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. The importance of being proactive
  2. Why you should begin with the end in mind
  3. How understanding others creates synergies

This book is recognized as one of the most influential books ever written. Stephen R Covey presents a holistic and principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With detailed insights, this book provides a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness and integrity and has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals.

Get it here The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Revised and Updated: 30th Anniversary Edition

6. “Women Who Run with The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. Why to trust your intuition
  2. Why you shouldn’t trade your soul for safety
  3. How scars can be a badge of honor

This classic tells us about the “Wild Woman”, the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. By using a combination of time-honored stories, Estes reveals that the “Wild Woman” is innately healthy, passionate and wise.

Get it here Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman (Classic Edition)

7. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. The four-step pattern which habits are based on
  2. Why new habits must be obvious, attractive and easy
  3. How a habit tracker can help measure your progress

When you want to make changes in your life, you may think you need to think big. But James Clear instead suggests that real change comes from the compounded effect of hundreds of small decisions. Clear reveals how these small changes can grow into life-altering outcomes. With the help of inspiring stories and simple life-hacks, Atomic Habits will have a revolutionary effect on your career, relationships and life.

Get it here Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller

8. “Money: A User’s Guide” by Laura Whateley

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. Managing finances when buying a house
  2. How to invest properly
  3. How to budget effectively

This book cuts through all the panic of personal finances and teaches you important lessons you probably didn’t learn in school. It will teach you how to improve your credit score, how to save hundreds on bills and offers practical advice on tricky topics like housing, pensions and debt. This book will give you the confidence to take control of your bank account, enabling you to thrive in all areas of your life.

Get it here Money: A User’s Guide: The Sunday Times Bestseller

9. “The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM” by Hal Elrod

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. Why you should focus on the bigger picture
  2. How you can get a good night’s sleep on 4 hours
  3. The importance of having a pre-morning routine

This may be considered the simplest approach to achieving everything you ever wanted faster than you ever thought possible. The Miracle Morning is transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus. This book brings to the forefront a few simple habits which can be the beginning of a new and prosperous chapter of your life.

Get it here The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM

10. “Make Your Bed: 10 Life Lessons from a Navy Seal” by Admiral William H. McRaven

Some of the things you’ll learn

  1. How making your bed can change your life
  2. The importance from learning from failure
  3. Why you need to have teammates by your side

Based on a speech the Admiral gave at the University of Texas graduation which went viral to almost 25 million views, Make Your Bed drives home the importance of how such a simple act can have powerful consequences. Through learning these 10 important life lessons, this book will not only change your life, but could also change the lives of millions of others too.

Get it here Make Your Bed: 10 Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

Published by Tim Bennett

An avid reader who likes to read anything which could challenge my beliefs. I like to write summaries over on The Herston Project so make sure to check them out :).

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